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Javier Marias
Marias's best known novels include All Souls and A Heart So White
In a HardTalk Extra interview screened on 3rd March, Gavin Esler talked to one of Spain's most successful contemporary novelists, Javier Marias.

Javier Marias is one of Spain's best-known writers.

The author of a dozen novels, he's also translated books by great authors such as Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Hardy and John Updike into Spanish.

He is one of a generation of Spanish intellectuals who want to end the "pact of silence" over the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

Why does he believe that Spain has not yet tackled its past?

HARDtalk Extra can be seen on BBC World at 0430 GMT, 0830 GMT, 1130 GMT, 1530 GMT, 1930 GMT, 0030 GMT.

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30.

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